MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Stephen Morris threw two first-quarter touchdown passes, and Miami took advantage of Florida turnovers during four red-zone opportunities on the way to knocking off the 12th-ranked Gators, 21-16, on Saturday.
Duke Johnson added a 2-yard touchdown run with 3:29 left to make it 21-9 Miami (2-0), which has won four straight games for the first time since 2008 and will almost certainly return to the AP Top 25 on Sunday for the first time since 2010.
Jeff Driskel threw for a career-best 291 yards and had a 21-yard touchdown pass to Solomon Patton with 2:08 left for the Gators (1-1), who lost three fumbles, had two passes intercepted and were stopped once on downs. Driskel also ran for a touchdown. But Driskel also turned the ball over twice in the fourth quarter.
No. 2 Oregon 59, Virginia 10
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- De'Anthony Thomas ran for 124 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota threw for two touchdowns and ran 71 yards for another score and No. 2 Oregon started fast and manhandled Virginia, 59-10.
The Ducks (2-0), who gained a school-record 772 yards last week in beating Nicholls State, looked capable of doing it again against a Virginia defense that hoped to keep the Cavaliers in the game. Oregon finished with 557 yards and did all its scoring while possessing the ball for just 21:25.
Virginia (1-1) got a very early look at what it was up against as Mariota dropped back on a third-and-5 in the game's opening series, then bolted up the middle untouched, going 71 yards for a touchdown. After 1:51, the Ducks were on their way to their 16th consecutive victory on their opponent's field, the longest streak in the country.
No. 3 Ohio State 42, San Diego State 7
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Kenny Guiton took over when Braxton Miller left with a sprained left knee, running for one touchdown and passing for two on Saturday while leading No. 3 Ohio State to a 42-7 victory over San Diego State.
Miller watched the last three quarters from the sideline after being sandwiched between two tacklers on the Buckeyes' seventh offensive play. The Buckeyes (2-0) didn't need him.
Guiton, who helped save Ohio State's 12-0 season a year ago, had the most playing time he's ever had in a game. He set career bests with 19 of 28 passing for 152 yards and 83 rushing yards.
It was another disappointing outing for the Aztecs (0-2), who lost 40-19 to FCS Eastern Illinois at home in their opener.
No. 4 Clemson 52, South Carolina State 13
CLEMSON, S.C. -- Tajh Boyd ran for a touchdown and No. 4 Clemson returned two interceptions for scores for the first time in program history in a 52-13 victory over FCS opponent South Carolina State.
Boyd accounted for five TDs a week ago and became a prime Heisman Trophy contender as the Tigers (2-0) defeated No. 11 Georgia 38-35.
In this one, Boyd scored Clemson's first touchdown and played only a half against the Bulldogs (0-2) before finding a spot on the Death Valley sidelines next to offensive coordinator Chad Morris. That was more than enough, though, for Clemson to move to 27-0 all-time against FCS teams.
Cornerbacks Martin Jenkins and Darius Robinson each had pick-6 scores to help the Tigers to a 38-7 lead by halftime.
Backup Cole Stoudt had three touchdown passes, two to reserve Germone Hopper, in the blowout win.
Boyd finished 14-of-23 passing for 169 yards.
No. 5 Stanford 34, San Jose State 13
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Tyler Gaffney ran for 104 yards and two touchdowns in an impressive return after playing baseball in the minors last year, leading Stanford to a season-opening 34-13 victory over San Jose State.
With career-rushing leader Stepfan Taylor in the NFL now, Gaffney made sure the defending Pac-12 and Rose Bowl champions kept the ground game going strong. The Cardinal scored on their first three possessions and forced prolific passer David Fales to toss short passes for little gain.
Kevin Hogan threw for 207 yards and two touchdowns for Stanford in front of an announced sellout crowd of 50,424 — the largest since 50,425 showed up for Southern California in 2008. Stanford has won nine straight games.
The Cardinal's vaunted defense sacked Fales four times, held San Jose State (1-1) to 35 yards rushing and never lost its physical prowess. Fales completed 29 of 43 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown with one interception.
No. 7 Texas A&M 65, Sam Houston State 28
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Johnny Manziel threw for 426 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another score in less than three quarters to give Texas A&M a win over Sam Houston State, 65-27.
The Heisman Trophy winner played about a quarter more than he did last week when he sat out the first half for A&M (2-0) serving a suspension for what the school called an “inadvertent” violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs.
The Aggies' suspension-depleted defense was burned for several big plays by the Bearkats, the FCS runner-up the last two seasons, in the final tuneup before next week's rematch with No. 1 Alabama.
Timothy Flanders had 170 yards rushing with two scores and a TD catch for the Bearkats (1-1).
Texas A&M's Mike Evans had a career-high 155 yards receiving, Tra Carson ran for 51 with two touchdowns and Ben Malena had 68 yards rushing and a score.
No. 9 Louisiana State 56, Alabama Birmingham 17
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Zach Mettenberger passed for an LSU single-game record five touchdowns, receiver Odell Beckham Jr. scored one of his four touchdowns on a 100-yard field goal return, and the Tigers overwhelmed UAB, 56-17.
LSU coach Les Miles also decided to end running back Jeremy Hill's benching in the second quarter of the second game of the season. Hill, who was arrested last spring for landing a punch outside a bar, scored on a 3-yard run on his first carry.
Mettenberger finished 16 of 19 for 282 yards and was not intercepted. Beckham's 136 yards and three TDs receiving were both career highs. He led LSU (2-0) with 331 all-purpose yards.
Darren Reaves and Jamarcus Nelson each had touchdowns in the first half for UAB (0-2).
No. 11 Georgia 41, No. 8 South Carolina 30
ATHENS, Ga. -- Aaron Murray threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, Georgia's beleaguered defense finally came up with a stop, and the Bulldogs defeated South Carolina, 41-30, for an early edge in the Southeastern Conference East.
Coming off a 38-35 loss at Clemson, Georgia could not afford another defeat if it wanted to remain a serious contender for a national title.
Murray took care of that, turning in one of the best games of his career. The fifth-year senior capped his stellar day for the Bulldogs (1-1, 1-0 SEC) with an 85-yard touchdown pass to Justin Scott-Wesley with 13 minutes remaining.
The defense made sure it stood up, stuffing Mike Davis on fourth-and-goal from inside the 1.
Davis led the Gamecocks (1-1, 0-1) with 149 yards rushing on 16 carries.
No. 8 Louisville 44, Eastern Kentucky 7
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Teddy Bridgewater threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns, and eighth-ranked Louisville routed Eastern Kentucky, 44-7, on a day the Cardinals' defense just missed a shutout for a second straight week.
Linebacker Preston Brown had two sacks for Louisville, and Calvin Pryor had an interception as Louisville limited Eastern Kentucky to 76 yards total offense in the first half.
The Cardinals (2-0) needed the defensive plays. Following the noon kickoff, Louisville settled for a pair of field goals from John Wallace after turnovers gave the offense short fields. The Cardinals also settled for a third field goal in the third quarter despite reaching Eastern Kentucky's 4.
Bridgewater hit his first five passes to continue his strong start on the season and for his Heisman Trophy candidacy. He tossed TD passes to Damian Copeland, two to DeVante Parker and Gerald Christian while connecting with eight different receivers.
No. 13 Oklahoma State 56, Texas San Antonio 35
SAN ANTONIO -- New starter J.W. Walsh completed his first 10 passes, finished 24-of-27 passing for 326 yards and four touchdown throws as No. 13 Oklahoma State beat UTSA, 56-35.
It's the fourth start for the sophomore Walsh, his first this season after a quick relief performance for Clint Chelf last week. With his speedy start against a Roadrunners team entering its season of football, Walsh led the Cowboys (2-0) to touchdowns on five of six first-half possessions.
UTSA (1-1) tied the score 7-7 when Kenny Bias scored on a 6-yard run with 4:22 left in the first quarter. But Walsh scored from 4 yards out in the second quarter and the Cowboys led 35-7 at halftime.
Walsh left with six minutes left in the third and the Cowboys up 42-7. Eric Soza threw three TDs in the fourth quarter and finished 24 of 41 for 308 yards, with three interceptions.
Brigham Young 40, No. 15 Texas 21
PROVO, Utah -- Taysom Hill led a big night on the ground for BYU, rushing for 259 yards — second-most in school history — and three touchdowns to help the Cougars beat Texas, 40-21.
Hill was masterful in guiding the team's new read-option offense as the Cougars (1-1) rolled up 550 yards rushing, eclipsing a 55-year-old team record. It's also the most yards rushing Texas (1-1) has ever allowed.
The elusive Hill scored on runs of 68, 20 and 26 yards. He came close to breaking BYU's single-game rushing record of 272 yards, a mark set by quarterback Eldon Fortie in 1962.
Jamaal Williams had a career-high 182 yards and Paul Lasike added 87 along with a score.
David Ash threw two TD passes to Mike Davis and Joe Bergeron had a short TD for Texas.
No. 16 Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 7
NORMAN, Okla. -- Brennan Clay had a career-high 170 yards rushing and Oklahoma overcame a second-half quarterback switch to beat West Virginia, 16-7.
The Sooners (2-0, 1-0 Big 12) scored the game's final 16 points after trailing 7-0 in the first quarter. Freshman quarterback Trevor Knight threw a pair of third-quarter interceptions, leading to junior Blake Bell taking over in the fourth.
Clay finished with 22 carries, leading an Oklahoma offense that had 316 yards rushing and topping his previous best of 157 yards against Iowa State in 2012.
Paul Millard was 21-of-42 passing for 218 yards for the Mountaineers (1-1, 0-1), whose lone score came on a 75-yard touchdown run by Dreamius Smith in the first quarter.
No. 17 Michigan 41, No. 14 Notre Dame 30
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Devin Gardner threw four touchdown passes, including a victory-sealing connection to Drew Dileo with 4:18 left, and the dual-threat quarterback wearing No. 98 to honor Tom Harmon ran for a score to lead No. 17 Michigan to a 41-30 win over No. 14 Notre Dame in front of an NCAA-record crowd of 115,109.
The Wolverines (2-0) had a pair of 14-point leads, but the Fighting Irish (1-1) refused to get routed.
Notre Dame pulled within a TD early in the fourth quarter when defensive end Stephon Tuitt made a diving interception in the end zone.
Kyle Brindza made a 40-yard field goal with 9:15 left to pull Notre Dame within four points.
The Irish were called for pass interference twice on the ensuing drive and Gardner later took advantage with a 4-yard TD to Dileo. Tommy Rees threw a second interception with 1:29 left.
No. 19 Northwestern 48, Syracuse 27
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Trevor Siemian threw for 259 yards and a career-high three touchdowns, Kain Colter passed for a touchdown and ran for one, and No. 19 Northwestern pounded Syracuse, 48-27.
Tony Jones added a personal-best 185 yards receiving and a 47-yard TD, and the Wildcats (2-0) racked up 581 yards in all. They also intercepted Syracuse's Drew Allen four times on the way to an easy victory.
They scored the game's first 20 points and led 34-7 at the half after collecting 387 yards, with their quarterbacks picking apart Syracuse (0-2).
They each completed 11 of 12 passes in the first half, and Colter seemed to be fine after suffering a concussion early in last week's win at California. He was 15 of 18 for 116 yards and ran for 87 yards.
No. 21 Wisconsin 48, Tennessee Tech 0
MADISON, Wis. -- Melvin Gordon ran for 140 yards and a score, and No. 21 Wisconsin's overpowering defense got its second straight shutout in a 48-0 win over FCS school Tennessee Tech.
Joel Stave was 24 of 28 for 219 yards and three touchdowns, while defensive back Darius Hillary set the tone early by forcing a fumble that set up a score for the Badgers (2-0).
The early-season tuneup went about as well as could be expected for first-year coach Gary Andersen, who's breaking in a new 3-4 defense in Madison.
Wisconsin had no problems against the Golden Eagles (1-1), whose spread offense got outmuscled by the bigger Badgers. Tennessee Tech coach Watson Brown could have used a few players from younger brother Mack Brown's team at Texas.
The brightest spot for Tennessee Tech may have been punter Chad Zinchini, who had a career-best 70-yard boot in the third quarter.
No. 22 Nebraska 56, Southern Mississippi 13
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Ciante Evans returned first-quarter interceptions for touchdowns and No. 22 Nebraska made quick work of Southern Mississippi in a 56-13 victory.
Taylor Martinez threw for three touchdowns and Ameer Abdullah ran for two more for the Cornhuskers (2-0), who now turn their attention to next week's home game against No. 18 UCLA.
Jean-Baptiste jumped in front of Rickey Bradley Jr. just as Allan Bridgford's pass arrived on the third play of the game and ran it back 43 yards.
Evans put the Huskers up 21-3 with the first of his two interceptions, catching a ball tipped by Tyre'oune Holmes and going 22 yards to the end zone.
It was a solid rebound for a Nebraska defense that surrendered 602 yards in a 37-34 win over Wyoming last week. The Golden Eagles (0-2) lost their 14th straight, the longest losing streak in the FBS.
No. 23 Baylor, 70, Buffalo 13
WACO, Texas -- Bryce Petty threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns, Lache Seastrunk ran for 150 yards with three scores and Baylor's first-team offense had 576 total yards in only 11 minutes with the ball as the 23rd-ranked Bears beat Buffalo, 70-13.
The starters for the Bears (2-0) had eight touchdowns in their nine drives. The only non-scoring driving was when they had the ball at the end of the first half.
Baylor finished with a school-record 781 total yards and topped the 69 points scored a week earlier in what had been the most for the Bears since 1929.
Alex Neutz had six catches for a career-high 197 for Buffalo (0-2).
Petty completed 13 of 16 passes, and two of his incompletions were balls caught but ruled out of bounds. He also ran for a score.
No. 24 Texas Christian 38, Southeastern Louisiana 17
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Trevone Boykin led three straight scoring drives after starter Casey Pachall left with an injury game, and No. 24 TCU pulled away from Southeastern Louisiana, 38-17.
Pachall appeared to injure his left arm or wrist at the end of a running play late in the second quarter. Boykin ran 16 yards on the next play, and Jaden Oberkrom ended the first half with a 46-yard field goal that put the Horned Frogs (1-1) ahead 17-14.
Boykin completed a 29-yard pass to Brandon Carter on the first play of the second half, and Carter finished that drive with a 5-yard scoring run. Then Boykin threw 27 yards to Josh Doctson for a 31-14 lead.
Bryan Bennett had 132 yards passing and another 132 rushing for the Lions (1-1), who had never scored more than 10 points in five games against BCS teams since bringing back football in 2003.
Washington State 10, No. 25 USC 7
LOS ANGELES -- Andrew Furney kicked a 41-yard field goal with 3:03 to play, and Washington State got its first victory at the Coliseum in 13 years.
Damante Horton returned an interception 70 yards for a tying score in the final seconds of the first half for Washington State (1-1, 1-0 Pac-12), and he made the clinching interception with 2:18 to play in the Cougars' first win over the Trojans anywhere since 2002.
Dom Williams took Connor Halliday's third-and-long screen pass 49 yards to the USC 30 with 5 1 2 minutes left to set up Furney's tiebreaking kick.
Horton then picked off Max Wittek's pass to finish off USC (1-1, 0-1), which received loud boos throughout its Pac-12 opener.
California 37, Portland State 30
BERKELEY, Calif. -- Freshman quarterback Jared Goff passed for 485 yards and two touchdowns to give coach Sonny Dykes his first win at California while leading the Golden Bears to a 37-30 win over Portland State on Saturday.
Goff completed 31 of 58 attempts and was 19 yards shy of breaking the school's single-game passing record. He became the first Cal quarterback since 1996 to throw for 400 yards or more in back-to-back games.
The two teams combined for 1,169 yards of total offense and 54 first downs. There were 42 plays of 10 yards or more, including four that went 50 or longer.
DJ Adams rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns for Portland State (1-1).
Vincenzo D'Amato added two field goals for the Bears, who face four ranked teams over the next six weeks including back-to-back games against No. 3 Ohio State and No.2 Oregon.
Boise State 63, Tennessee Martin 14
BOISE, Idaho -- Joe Southwick threw five touchdown passes as Boise State pounded overmatched Tennessee Martin, 63-14.
Boise State (1-1) rebounded from its worst defeat in eight years, a 38-6 loss at Washington last week that knocked them from the Top 25.
Tennessee-Martin (1-1), an FCS team from the Ohio Valley Conference, could do little to stop Boise State's hurry-up offense.
This was the first meeting between the programs, and the longest trip west Tennessee-Martin has made for a football game.
Boise State, which has won 12 consecutive home openers on the blue turf at Bronco Stadium, led 49-7 at halftime. They substituted freely in the second half.
Tennessee-Martin fell to 1-15 against FBS programs in its history, beating Memphis last season.
Southwick, who was pulled from the game early in the second half, completed 17 of 25 passes for 234 yards. He was not intercepted.
Michigan State 21, South Florida 6
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Shilique Calhoun scored on a fumble return and an interception return, enabling Michigan State to overcome another poor offensive performance in a 21-6 victory over South Florida on Saturday.
The Spartans (2-0) rotated Connor Cook, Tyler O'Connor and Andrew Maxwell at quarterback, but their offense contributed only one touchdown. The defense has scored four of Michigan State's six TDs this season.
South Florida (0-2) was routed in its opener by McNeese State, and the Bulls couldn't get anything going offensively Saturday. Bobby Eveld was 6 of 25 for 66 yards with a fumble and an interception.
Michigan State's offense finally scored in the fourth quarter when Jeremy Langford ran 2 yards for a touchdown. That drive was only 33 yards after a short South Florida punt.
Illinois 45, Cincinnati 17
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Nathan Scheelhaase passed for 312 yards and four touchdowns to lead Illinois to a surprise 45-17 victory over Cincinnati.
The Illini (2-0) went up 21-0 in the second quarter and survived a Bearcat rally to stay undefeated.
For the Bearcats (1-1) the loss was made worse by quarterback Munchie Legaux's injury. He left in the fourth quarter on a cart with what appeared to be a serious leg injury. Details were not immediately available.
Scheelhaase threw to 11 different receivers. The biggest catch was Steve Hull's 22-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. It capped a 99-yard drive and put Illinois up 28-10.
That drive was set up by Legaux's fumble on a fourth-down play at the Illinois goal line. It was first ruled a touchdown but a review revealed Legaux fumbled after a hard hit by Earnest Thomas.
Legaux was 17-31 for 237 yards and a touchdown.
Tennessee 52, Western Kentucky 20
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Justin Coleman and Cameron Sutton returned interceptions for touchdowns Saturday as Tennessee scored after each of Western Kentucky's five first-quarter turnovers in a 52-20 victory.
Western Kentucky (1-1) turned the ball over five times in a span of six snaps during the first quarter, turning an early 3-0 lead into a 31-3 deficit.
The Football Bowl Subdivision record for consecutive turnovers forced by a defense is seven straight series. Florida State had four fumbles and three interceptions in its first seven possessions of a 42-13 loss to Florida on Oct. 7, 1972.
Western Kentucky quarterback Brandon Doughty threw five interceptions, including Coleman's 23-yard touchdown return and Sutton's 36-yard score. Brian Randolph picked off two Doughty passes in the end zone.
Marlin Lane rushed for 97 yards and one touchdown for Tennessee (2-0). Rajion Neal ran for 74 yards and three touchdowns.
Western Kentucky's Antonio Anderson rushed for 111 yards.
Penn State 45, Eastern Michigan 7
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Christian Hackenberg threw for 311 yards and a touchdown, and Zach Zwinak and Bill Belton each ran for a pair of scores, leading Penn State past Eastern Michigan, 45-7.
Hackenberg went 23 of 33 and overcame a shaky start to lead Penn State (2-0) to a win in its home opener. He connected with Allen Robinson for a 45-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter that helped put the game away. He set a Penn State mark for yards passing by a freshman.
After the running game never got going in the season opener vs. Syracuse, Zwinak broke through for a pair of short scores. Belton added a 51-yard touchdown run in the fourth and had 108 yards rushing. Akeel Lynch added a 27-yard score in the fourth and also had 108 yards rushing.
Penn State's Sam Ficken set a school record with his 14th straight field goal, a 39-yarder that closed the first half.
Eastern Michigan (1-1) scored off a fumble to avoid the shutout.
Utah State 52, Air Force 20
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Chuckie Keeton matched his own school record by throwing for five touchdowns, including three in the third quarter, and Utah State routed Air Force, 52-20, to give Aggies coach Matt Wells his first win in the school's Mountain West Conference debut.
Keeton completed 32 of 40 for 360 yards passing, the fifth time in seven games he has thrown for at least 300 yards dating to last season. Keeton also threw for five touchdowns as a freshman in a 63-19 win over Wyoming in 2011.
Each of Keeton's scoring passes went to a different receiver.
Joe Hill and Joey DeMartino each added short touchdown runs for Utah State (1-1, 1-0 Mountain West), which made the move to the new conference from the Western Athletic Conference.
Jaleel Awini had a rough outing in his first career start at quarterback for Air Force (1-1, 0-1).
Navy 41, Indiana 35
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Keenan Reynolds rushed for 127 yards and three touchdowns, leading Navy to a 41-35 season-opening victory at Indiana.
The Midshipmen (1-0) played almost flawlessly, finishing with 444 yards rushing, no turnovers, five penalties and only three carries for negative yards.
Navy has now won 20 games over BCS foes since 2003 — the most of any non-BCS school in the nation during that span.
For Indiana (1-1), it was a huge deflation after a 73-35 victory over Indiana State.
But as the Hoosiers continued to score, the defense was confounded by Navy's ground game and never even forced a punt.
Navy scored on its first three possessions, taking a 17-0 lead. Reynolds scored on runs of 1, 2 and 1 yard as the Midshipmen fended off Indiana's rallies.
Ball State 40, Army 14
MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Keith Wenning passed for two touchdowns and 325 yards and Ball State defeated Army, 40-14.
Jamill Smith had 83 yards receiving and a score. Wenning was 23 of 32 passing.
On the Cardinals' first drive, Willie Snead caught passes of 11, 15 and 13 yards. Horactio Banks, who had two touchdowns and 51 yards rushing, had a 7-yard rush and later a 10-yard run to tie the game at 7-7. On the next drive, Smith scored the go-ahead TD on an 8-yard reception to make it 14-7.
Ball State's Scott Secor kicked a career-best 47-yard field goal to give the Cardinals (2-0) a 17-7 lead.
Larry Dixon, who had 107 yards rushing and two scores for Army (1-1), broke away for a 71-yard run to give the Black Knights the lead 56 seconds into the game.
Army's Angel Santiago had 49 yards on 3-of 11-passing and an interception.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun